I received this generous sample yesterday from pu-erh.sk and I was really looking forward to tasting it. So the first thing I did this morning, after having good breakfast, was boiling water, preparing Ming for a good tea bath and giving this sample a chance. I wanted to try some of the Douji Pure Series for some time already, well, this has been my first time.
The smell of dry leaves in warmed teapot is just indescribable. It smells of something very very concrete, I just don't know what it is. It reminds me of forest fruit jam or marmalade, Hiru identified wet hay and her favourite apricots. I can't help but smell some berries there, it is so powerful that it made me stick my nose into the leaves six times at least before making the first rinse, just to be able to say what it was that I could smell but I guess I just have to do without figuring it out. This is the beauty of drinking tea, you just never know precisely what your teapot will offer a next day... I can feel Ming is in a very good mood this morning though.
The flavour could be probably best described as soft sweet with higher bitterness and some astringency which altogether creates a nice symphony of tastes. This tea is anything but boring. I was wondering what You Le could taste like, other tea-bloggers define it as a bitter-sweet or astringent-sweet but it is really difficult to catch the correct amount of both in words. I like the way the bitterness melts into sweet huigan and then vice versa in later infusions.